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Recovery Coaches Added to Spartanburg ER
Spartanburg Medical Center’s ER adds recovery coaches to help those struggling with addiction. Three full-time and one part-time peer recovery coaches staff the ER station at Spartanburg Medical Center in shifts from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., seven days a week. The program started about two weeks ago, making it the third such service in ...
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Signs That Your Loved One May Be Dealing with Alcoholism
You may think that spotting that your loved one has a problem with alcohol is easy, but it is not. People struggling with alcohol dependency can be very good at concealing that they have a problem, and may not even be willing to admit that they have a problem themselves, much less to the people ...
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Spartanburg County Fentanyl Deaths on the Rise
Fentanyl-related deaths reported in Spartanburg County have more than doubled in two years. Sue O’Brien, executive director of Spartanburg’s Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, said the increased rate of Fentanyl-related deaths is disheartening, but not surprising. The strength of the drug makes it particularly deadly, with users often overestimating how much they can take. She ...
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Fentanyl is taking more and more lives in Spartanburg County. The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health is one arm of the local effort to combat the overall opioid problem. “If you are buying opiates, pills, or other drugs off the street, you don’t know. You don’t know what might be laced in that,” said Susan ...
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Helping a Loved One Deal with Alcohol Problems
Each year in the United States, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors April as Alcohol Awareness Month. This sponsorship is designed to raise public awareness about alcoholism and to generate empathy – especially among family and friends – for those suffering from a reliance upon alcohol. The problem with alcohol in ...
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What South Carolina is Doing with Increased Funding to Fight Opioid Crisis?
South Carolina has recently received one of the largest surges in funding to fight the opioid crisis in the state with over $20 million in funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services. This will go toward prevention, treatment as well as recovery of what is known as opioid use disorder. In the ...
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What the Recent News Surrounding Celebrity Overdoses Tells Us About the Drug Epidemic
It’s hard to go more than a few weeks without hearing about another celebrity dying or almost dying from a drug overdose. Celebrities have every monetary possession available to them, yet many of them still find themselves dealing with the same demons that affect each and every one of us on a daily basis. There ...
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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Replace Your Smoking Habit with Vaping
More than 70% of smokers indicate that they would like to quit. Smoking has many serious health effects including increasing your risk of death from heart disease and increasing your risk of stroke and cancer. One fairly new trend in the world of smoking is vaping or the use of e-cigarettes. Quitting is never easy ...
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Americans Are Now More Likely To Die Of An Opioid Overdose Than on The Road
Americans now have a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose, according to the council’s analysis of 2017 data on accidental death. The probability of dying in a motor vehicle crash is 1 in 103. “The nation’s opioid crisis is fueling the Council’s grim probabilities, and that crisis is worsening with an ...
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Why Anxiety is Becoming So Apparent in Adolescents
Adolescence has always been a difficult time in a person’s life. It’s the time at which we slowly turn from children into adults, both physically and mentally. We begin to forge our own lives away from our parents, preferring to spend time with our own friends, and of course adolescence is the time when romance ...
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